Downtown store’s facelift wins award

Downtown store’s facelift wins award Main Photo

8 Apr 2020

Kelby Wingert

One downtown store’s facelift helped Main Street Fort Dodge nab the award for Excellent Exterior Rehabilitation from the 2020 Main Street Iowa Awards earlier this month.

Main Street Fort Dodge nominated the Diamond’s facade restoration project by Dave Madsen for the award. The building, located at 605 Central Ave., went through a major facade change last year.

The project, which actually started in the fall of 2018 and was completed in June 2019, included the removal of the old green Mattress Smart storefront. When the green, wooden facade was removed, Madsen discovered the building’s original 1880 brick arches and facade underneath.

“We didn’t know the arches were there at all,” he said.

Madsen said that the city of Fort Dodge didn’t even realize that was the original building constructed back in 1880 — with the old facade, it didn’t look like any of the photos of the original building, so the city thought that it had been torn down and rebuilt.

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